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Required Steps Before You Arrive

Upon receiving your Welcome Center Invitation, please complete these five (5) required steps below to ensure you will be set up and ready to participate fully during orientation. 

Create Your SUNet ID, Password and Enable Two-Step Authentication

Visit the SUNet ID site

  • Select "Create" 
  • Select "I am a faculty, staff, or student"
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • When prompted, enter the University ID number that was provided in your Welcome Center Invitation Email

Your SUNet ID also becomes your email address, so choose wisely (e.g., YourName@stanford.edu).

Note: If you have been previously affiliated with Stanford and already have a SUNet ID, please move on to Step 2.

Visit the Two-Step Authentication site

  • Enable the method or device that will allow you to access Stanford systems that have higher levels of security. You can change the delivery method later.

Note: If you authenticate with a smartphone or tablet, Duo Mobile App - Push Notification is the recommended method because it is the easiest  and quickest way to authenticate.

Upload Your Photo

Visit the Campus ID Card Services site

To obtain your Stanford ID Card, Clipper Card and free CalTrain GoPass, upload a headshot of your choosing prior to either deadline indicated below:

  • Deadline #1 - 2:00 p.m. on the Friday before your orientation
  • Deadline #2 - 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday before your orientation

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Test Functionality

  • Test  the functionality of your SUNet ID, Password and Two-Step Authentication by logging into Axess. Once you see your name in the top right, you have successfully logged in.
  • You will need your newly created SUNet ID,  Password and Two-Step Authentication method or device in order to fully participate during orientation. Please be aware that your functionality in Axess will be limited until your official start date.

Email Confirmations

  • Using your Welcome Center Invitation Email, “Reply All” to provide the recipients with your SUNet ID and to also confirm that your SUNet ID and Two-Step Authentication are both functional.

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